Today, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue announced the Fashion Fund finalist. Traditionally a winner would be selected a few months after the initial announcement, however this year all 10 designers will receive a grant.
The pandemic hit the fashion industry in unexpected ways. From cancelled fashion weeks, fashion houses closing, and designers taking a hiatus the industry is making its way back post COVID-19. This year’s finalist will receive a disclosed amount and a year of mentorship from industry leaders.
Recipients for this year are Batsheva Hay of Batsheva; Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of Eckhaus Latta; Anifa Mvuemba of Hanifa; Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka of House of Aama; Kenneth Nicholson; Jameel Mohammed of Khiry; LaQuan Smith; Abrima Erwiah of Studio 189; Edvin Thompson of Theophilio; and Willy Chavarria.
“After an incredibly challenging time for all of us in fashion, especially here in New York, we’re thrilled that this year we are able to support all of our finalists,” Anna Wintour Vogue’s Global Editorial Director told Vogue. Fashion week in hopes will return this year and this announcement gives a sneak peak into what the industry will look like in 2021.
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